8:00 “Being On the Messiah’s Side”
Sermon: “Choosing the Messiah’s Side”
Theme: It is not a question of whether God is on our side, but whether we are on God’s side.
Purpose: The congregation will be challenged to seek to set aside their focus on themselves in order to grow in knowing and following Christ.
Scriptures: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 The Spirit of the Lord has called me to proclaim good news to the oppressed.
Luke 1:46-55 Mary proclaims that the Messiah will be on the side of the weak and distressed.
We want the coming of God’s blessings but do we want God’s justice as well? Are we prepared to see the poor and oppressed receive greater blessing because of their suffering? Are we prepared to let go of our control and our advantages in order to see others blessed? We want to see God’s restoration of the righteousness but are slow to want to have our own lives examined and our own sins taken seriously? What do we have to sacrifice in order to rejoice at God’s justice?
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